Hi everyone. It's Nikki now.:) I got Anna and Elsa for my birthday, and I thought I would do a review on them. I was finally well enough to take some pictures today, so here it is.:)
The pictures are also a bit fuzzy, by the way - I think my camera objected to the slightly dim lighting in the room.:P
They lifted their skirts so you could see their legs.;) (Poor Elsa's showing her underwear!:/) Here you can see the difference in the leg molds: Anna's legs stop just where her dress reaches (if you look carefully, you can just see the green of her panties). They are much more plump than Elsa's, and I think they're just adorable! They looks just a real toddler's.;)
And here they are with their sleeves rolled up so you can see the difference in their arms. It's not as obvious as with the legs, but Anna's arm is shorter, and a bit chubbier, which is so cute!;) I never noticed until I looked at this picture, but I think her hand is slightly smaller as well.
Another extra picture.;)
And here they are with their sleeves rolled down.;)
I love her hair - she's my first redheaded doll, and her hair's so cute it makes me want another doll with red hair.;)
I haven't tried to take the hair down, because I want to keep it the way it is. The hair seems fairly good quality, but not as nearly as good as American Girl or my 23" My Twinn dolls. It's very soft, but has a slightly brittle feel to it, so I don't know how well it would handle being brushed and styled. It looks thickly rooted, but it seems thin when I actually look at the roots, so I'm not sure about that.
My Anna came with a small section of hair pulled into the pigtail on the wrong side of her parting. I pulled it out and tucked it into the edge of the right one, but now she has a slightly messy bit on that side (the left). She also had skew bangs, but I've manged to straighten them out over time.
Also, there was far to much gel-stuff in her pigtails and bangs. I managed to brush most of it out with water and a wire doll brush, but it took a while, and left a lot of little white crumbly bits in her hair, and one of her pigtails is still quite stiff.
I love Elsa's hair - it's beautiful, and very soft. It is in a very simple french braid, and while I don't want to take it out, I think it would be easy to redo if it was taken down. The ends of the hair look a bit uneven at the bottom (mostly on the side that is touch Elsa's back), and she also had a lot of gel in her bangs, but I know some is needed to keep them from bouncing up off her forehead. I managed to brush out most of the gel, and now there is about the right amount.;)
(The bit sticking out on the right wasn't there when I got her - I left her on the dining table downstairs for the days I was in hospital and someone in my family tried to put her braid over her shoulder like adult Elsa. I think that bit of hair got caught on something and ended up bent like that.:P)
She does have a strange dark-gray streak at the top of her braid (on the right). I'm not sure what it is. it isn't from her headband. I thought it was a sort of dark dust in her hair for a while, but now it doesn't look so much like it. It might be though. If not, her hair is stained.:P It's not too bad, but it is noticeable.
They can stand unaided, but it's very hard to position them for it. You kind of have to balance them. They can move in lots of different ways, but I think it's better to have them against a wall or something, because otherwise they fall over for nothing.
Pictures I've seen of these same dolls bought a couple years ago seems to have better quality dresses - the sleeves had proper cuffs, whereas my dolls' dresses just have elastic on the inner edge, and the sash came into a bow at the back; my dolls' dresses just have the ribbon around the waist, and no bow.
Overall, I think these are lovely dolls. They have a few faults, and their quality isn't nearly as good as American Girl, but they are very good for their price, and really sweet, and in general they look very close to their movie-selves. I'm really glad I got them for my birthday, and I definitely recommend them, although you would have to expect a few small faults.;)
Anna and Elsa say goodbye.;)
I hope you enjoyed reading this post, and I'll let you know when Anna and Elsa get their blog - Anna may beg to let you know herself.;)